Bob Marley’s grandson, Joseph ‘Joe Mursa’ Marley, has died at the age of 31.
News of his death was confirmed to Rolling Stone on Tuesday. The cause of his death is yet to be confirmed.
The son of Stephen Marley, Joseph was also a musician in his own right, releasing a solo EP and album.
Jamaican politicians paid tribute to him, with the country’s culture minister saying he was “deeply saddened by the news”.
Honorable Olivia Grange wrote on Twitter: “We had Joseph, whose stage name was Joe Mursa, perform at our Jamaica 60 launch in May in Miramar, Florida, USA.
“His untimely death at the young age of 31…is a great loss to music as we look to the next generation. May he rest in eternal peace as we mourn his loss in this season of goodwill. When we celebrate with family and friends. Our love for each other.”
Jamaican opposition leader Mark J. Goulding wrote on Twitter: “I have just learned of the tragic loss of Joseph ‘Joe Mursa’ Marley. Son and grandson of a talented young reggae artist, Stephen Marley. Bob Marley Only 31 years old.
“The loss of a child is a devastating blow that no parent should have to face, my condolences to Stephen and the entire family.”
Born in Jamaica to the Marley family in 1992, Joseph moved to Miami at the age of 11.
Constantly surrounded by music as a child, he would sometimes go on stage with his father as well as his uncle Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers – his aunts Sharon and Cedilla.
He began writing music as a young teenager, and in 2010 released his first official song, My Girl, a collaboration with his cousin Daniel Bambaataa.
Four years later his first solo EP, Comfortable. In 2016 he joined his father on Revelation Party, a song from Stephen’s album Revelation Part 2: The Fruit of Life.
Joseph released his debut album, Eternal, in 2021, featuring collaborations with reggae and dancehall artists such as Busy Signal, Black-Am-I, and Kabaka Pyramid.
In a 2014 interview with Rolling Stone, Marley talked about growing up in a musical environment.
“It was a very magical thing, seeing these people come into the house and how the whole process would work.
“I’d come home and try to do homework, but I’d be freaking out and peeking into the studio. You always want to run to see what’s going on.”
Despite his famous ancestry, Joseph has spoken of his intention to make his own way in the industry.
“I’m one of the new generation of Marlies, but I’m still experimenting at the same time. My plan is to do something new with my roots.”
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